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Descendents: Cool To Be YouCool To Be You (2004)
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A lot of people last year spoke of how it was a great year for music, and while I enjoyed Transatlanticism and Give Up as much as the next music geek, I did find myself wondering where all the actual punk was. Maybe it was a great year for indie rock and hardcore, but despite strong showings fro.
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A lot of people last year spoke of how it was a great year for music, and while I enjoyed Transatlanticism and Give Up as much as the next music geek, I did find myself wondering where all the actual punk was. Maybe it was a great year for indie rock and hardcore, but despite strong showings from The Lawrence Arms, Against Me! and others, it felt less like a punk rock year.

2004 is shaping up to be the year that the punk comes roaring back. In the next few months, we can expect records from Bad Religion, Social Distortion, and Green Day. But before that, the long awaited return of a personal favourite of mine: the Descendents.

There are few bands that really get to me like the Descendents; while many of their peers considered loftier matters like politics and rebellion, few of them were as consistently fun as the Descendents. Sure, songs about love and bitterness, coffee and being a nerd aren't high brow enough to impress the folks at Punk Planet and Pitchfork but when you're a teenager, as much as you'd like to pretend that you're concerned with new economic paradigms, CIA-sponsored coups and the political unfairness of the estate tax, somehow songs about girls, food and doing dumb things with your friends seemed more immediate.

Sure, we can speak at length about the kind of things that end up in bios, Bill Stevenson played in Black Flag, and All, for example. We can talk at length about how Milo is has a PhD in biochemistry now and is married with kids. But really, how much does that matter? This is a Descendents record, and necessarily eschews the need for lengthy exposition and clever concept reviews.

Their first release since 1996s Everything Sucks on Epitaph, Cool To Be You has it's mature side, handling topics like the loss of an estranged relative (the heartfelt "One More Day"), and a lyrically fantastic track about American pride and shame ('Merican). Despite that, they haven't lost the childish, self-depreciating streak that is almost impossible to find anything but endearing and sympathetic. "Mass Nerder" talks about being ostracized in high school, while "Dog and Pony Show" concerns itself with singles bars and "Blast Off!" represents an eloquent ode to flatulence. As always, the song writing seems perfectly democratic, with each member contributing excellent tracks.

Musically, the band hasn't changed drastically since 1982's Milo Goes to College;1 they're still focused on somewhat unorthodox melodies, anchored by an incredibly tight rhythm section and some guitar pyrotechnics. The band is clearly tighter and more comfortable with strong melodies, but with the exception of the omission of sub-30 second goof offs like "Coffee Mug" and "Weiner schnitzel", there is little that will alienate old fans. The production, by way of Stevenson (who has been producing one excellent sounding record after another at his Blasting Room studio) is the best yet, with every instrument clear and not one dominating. The common description of "pop-hardcore" is still undisputed.

Is this the best Descendents record yet? Perhaps not... Everything Sucks is definitely the most accessible, Milo Goes to College their most defining moment, but the truth is the Descendents don't need to change the world of music with Cool to Be You. They already did in 1981. What they have produced is an outstanding melodic record; a welcome maturity that likely coincides with the maturity of their audience, and just solid, memorable songs.

 

 
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rbrack20 (February 11, 2013)

Great album. Period. It has a lot of songs that have stuck with me and just replay over and over in my head. The Descendants are a great band and this is a great example of their energy. I would recommend this to just about anyone.

sean021122 (March 1, 2012)

This cd IS total commercial posturing crap. Enough so to trade it back to the $1 bargain bin at the store. A continuation of the almost as bad and pathetically phoned in by aging has-been musicians release called "This Album (Everything) Sucks". Avoid anything this band did after "All" from '89 and you will get the descendents the way they were meant to be before they decided to milk the green day/offspring/rancid commercial mainstream radio friendly cash cow. Even though this is on FATTY records and produced by some familiar quality producers with original band members, the songwriting and evertyhing else "sucks". Weak by milo's and any good punk band alive circa '81 standards. I know they will never put out another 'milo goes to college for biochemistry'... But they could have at least made an effort to keep some integrity. Why come back to make shit like this. Appropriately signaling the end of this pathetic yet once amazing band! All. No. All.

sean021122 (March 1, 2012)

This cd IS total commercial posturing crap. Eough so to trade it back to the $1 bargain bin at the store. Avoid anything thise band did after "All" and you will get the descendents the way they were meant to be before they decided to milk the green day/offspring/rancid commercial mainstream radio friendly cash cow. Even though this is on FATTY records and produced by some familiar quality producers with original band members, the songwriting and evertyhing else "sucks". Weak by milo's and any good punk band alive circa '81 standards. I know they will never put out another 'milo goes to college for biochemistry'... But they could have at least made an effort to keep some integrity. Why come back to make shit like this. Approporitely the end of this pathetic once amazing band! All. No. All.

sean021122 (February 21, 2012)

suckage.

FroggerWithMyLife (November 30, 2008)

I hated this when it first came out but it grew on me. Merican and cool to be you are both great songs. And songs like dreams, blast off, and mass nerder kinda remind of the old stuff. Lyrics are stupid but who cares its pretty decent modern punk.

historypeats (April 24, 2007)

This was actually the first album I'd heard from these guys, and I'm REALLY glad I took a chance on it. They're one of the bands that I wouldn't have discovered without Punknews...

nikko (March 16, 2006)

what a great album

GlassPipeMurder (September 23, 2005)

This album is great.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

I'd say lame is a fairly fair description, super over-rated, boooorrrrriiiinnnnngggg. i sold this album back to the record store for $2 after i bought it because it was so bad

Anonymous (January 8, 2005)

Cool to be You was horribly disappointing. I am not sure what album some of you are listening to but I don't think the word "Lame" is harsh enough to describe how limp this CD is. Horrible. Just Horrible.

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

This album, like all the descendents/all material is awesome! they are my favourite band, however it still baffles me when people credit them with "inventing pop_punk" they did not invent pop punk. The Ramones, The Buzzcocks and i think probablt the Damned were all doing it before the Descendents, especially if you consider that their early efforts "bonus fat" and the majority of "college" ain't exactly the most melodic in their catalogue. It seems to me that they did not really emerge as a pop punk band until "grow up" which did not come out until 1985. Yes yes i know there are a few poppy songs on college, but the majority of that album is hard core, or straight up punk rock. Oh yeah, forgot to mention the Dickies too. Come on people, do your research!

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

only killer, no filler

Anonymous (May 17, 2004)

I agree with the review 100%. best songs, maddie, cool to be you, one more day, dog and pony show.

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

Its no "Eveything Sucks" but its ok

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

Despite what some elitist pricks might say, this album is fucking great. "Merican", "Mass Nerder" and "Maddie" are my personal stand-out tracks, but everyone I know who has the album picks different favourites. Here are some critiscisms made of the album and why they are stupid:-

1) The album is too poppy: I don't know who was expecting a hardcore album from the band who invented pop-punk, but it wasn't gonna happen was it? "Everything Sucks" was a poppy album, the only difference being that they've got rid of some 30-second punk songs like "Coffee Mug" and "Eunuch Boy". Those songs were great, but I don't want re-written versions of them, they're good enough on their own. People who think this album is too poppy are usually too scared of letting their "punk-as-fuck" image be tarnished because they like a band who can write tunes.

2) The album is too short: Go get the Circle Jerks' "Group Sex", which lasts something like 16 minutes and is one of the greatest punk albums ever.

3) Milo Goes To College was a better album: Of course it was, dumbass. Did you expect the new one to be better? Can you imagine how bad the album would have been if the 40-year old members of the band tried to fake the teenage anger and passion of their first album? It'd be like your Dad starting a nu-metal band. What these people neglect to mention is that "Cool to be You" is a hundred times better than any other pop-punk album released since, um, the Descendents' last album, "Everything Sucks". And I think the new one matches that release for quality. Just be thankful that the Descendents didn't "do a Sex Pistols", by which I mean make an amazing debut album and then spend the rest of your life making money off reunion tours and auto-biographies.

Anyway, I think I have ranted for long enough. Go buy the album. And buy
"Numb Nuts" by Snuff
"Return of the Village Idiots" by the Dead Pets, and
"Sing Loud, Sing Proud" by the Dropkick Murphy's while your at it.

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

"FUCK the Exploited and FUCK Anti-Flag and FUCK The Casualties

those bands are complete SHIT ... fucking terrible"

- FUCK you then, you CUNT.

(P.S. - yes, I am taking the PISS out of you writing swear words in capital FUCKing letters)

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

I finally got this yesterday.

Verdict: Biggest waste of money on a cd so far this year.
I actually think "Everything Sucks" is better than this.

The few good songs: "Talking", "Nothing With You", "'Merican", "Cool To Be You", "One More Day".
The rest blow.

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

BSD you're a fucking idiot

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

""FUCK the Exploited and FUCK Anti-Flag and FUCK The Casualties

those bands are complete SHIT ... fucking terrible"

What was the point of this post?"

It's the misplaced "indie" rage of a thousand geeks in sweater vests.

-BSD

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

On a somewhat related note: Just a warning, watch out when you place an order at DESCENDENTSonline.com!! I placed an order back in early February for a bunch of stuff including the Descendents "Hallraker" CD. Well after a week or so I got my stuff but I also got a note-card that said the Hallraker CD was on back-order and that they'd ship it to me whenever them get some back in stock.

Well it's now late March near April and I still haven't gotten that damn CD yet. I just sent them an angry email telling them to cancel the CD off of my order unless they know 100% for sure that they'd be able to ship the CD out to me within the next two days. I sent them an email about a week ago asking about the status of the CD but they never responded. Its really starting to tick me off.

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

just heard it this morning on my way to work. i dig it. it takes off where everthing sucks left off. great energy. and it's kinda poppy with out sounding wimpy. good stuff. not their best of course but i still can't complain.

8dollarclarinetsolo (March 29, 2004)

you couldnt do like.. mailorder?

thefunkybrother (March 28, 2004)

"Living in the hills of Tennessee, I had to drive an 80-mile round trip to get this CD and it was well worth the drive."

Holy shit, even I live in the hills of North Carolina and I didn't have to drive that far to get it.

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

Get that rat's nest off your skull.

- Wesley Willis (from beyond the grave)

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

since nobody did this yet, let me be the first:
milo goes to college > everything sucks > cool to be you > i don't want to grow up > all > enjoy!
just my opinion

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

This is the first Descendents album I've ever bought and it blew me away. I don't know why I never decided to give these guys a listen until now, well maybe since they took seven years off.

Merican is one of the best songs I've ever heard.

Haggard (March 27, 2004)

"FUCK the Exploited and FUCK Anti-Flag and FUCK The Casualties

those bands are complete SHIT ... fucking terrible"

What was the point of this post?

-Justin

Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

FUCK the Exploited and FUCK Anti-Flag and FUCK The Casualties

those bands are complete SHIT ... fucking terrible

Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

I was nervous, but this turned out to be yet another great record for the Descendents! I skipped buying Subhumans- Live in a Dive just so I would have money to buy this. But luckily I got money for my birthday so I can go buy the Subhumans record woo!

Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

this album rules... i was a little shaky on it at first, but it grew on me like cancer... Mass Nerder is a fucking crucial song... with the whole ode to the germs at the end "WEEE MUST REEEEAAD" ... "somebody give me a book." ... its funny, hopeful, inspiring, pissed, romantic... everything the descendents were and will always be... definitely not my favorite descendents record, but even the worst descendents song will KILL most bands out there.

Haggard (March 27, 2004)

"Living in the hills of Tennessee, I had to drive an 80-mile round trip to get this CD"

Holy shit.

-Justin

burntorangepeel (March 27, 2004)

Living in the hills of Tennessee, I had to drive an 80-mile round trip to get this CD and it was well worth the drive.
This album is excellent. Smart, fun, really memorable songs and tight performance. At this period of my life, (I'm 23 and about to graduate from college), I'd have to say that I can relate on a personal level to almost every song on this album; this makes me feel good, depressed, lonely, and like I can conquer the world. It makes me fall in love with punk again and forget about the pointless, dead arguments. (I think "mitch" (who posted somewhere below me) said it best, concerning DK and political stuff, so if you haven't read his yet, scroll down.) Anyway, whether you're some bright-eyed suburban kid or a rural-living loner like me, it doesn't matter.
Music is music, and if makes you feel something or touches you in some way beyond something to impress others with, that's what it's all about.

notfeelingcreative (March 26, 2004)

This album sounds Descendents, i'm not really sure what everyone expected.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

Its a good album, but why in the hell did it take two years to get this thing out? It was recorded in feb. 2002.. Aint that damn good..

Mr_Pink (March 26, 2004)

The Descendents have always been kind of a hit-or-miss band. On every ALL/Descendents release I expect to hear probably two absolute gems mixed in with a lot of filler. Most bands that have that good-to-bad ratio I tend to just write off, but the exhiliration and fun I get from hearing "I'm the One" or "Suburban Home" or "Sour Grapes" makes something like "Enjoy!" instantly forgiveable. Liveage is one of the best live albums ever because it made me feel like I had been to the show. I first heard this band in 1987 and almost 20 years later their best stuff holds up. I haven't heard this one yet, but I'll take a halfassed Descendents cd with one or two classic on it over a consistent one by your favorite scarf-wearing tough-but-sensitive floor-staring screamers any day of the week.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

Punks DEAD, the funeral is tomorrow..

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

mediocre album, after the ep i was looking forward to it but the album doesnt hold what the ep promised. perhaps some more songs will grow on me, but still, after everything sucks i expected something that tops it.
- on another note, i saw ALL two years ago on the deconstruction tour, and i was looking forward to see them and i told a friend about them who knew "everything sucks" from the descendents. but what i saw at that show was horrible, they were by far the worst band on the bill, i dont know why they played in my eyes all the bad songs on their albums, the filler songs. it was almost ironic that they were best at the end playing "world on heroin" and a descendents song from "everything sucks". i wonder if that was on purpose, but at least during their show i had time to turn around and watch the half pipe.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

We must read.

The only thing that has to be spoken about this album.

mitch (March 26, 2004)

P.S.

"I'm pretty sure there has never been a punk song about the estate tax"

It's called "Don't Pay the Poll Tax" by the Exploited. Look it up, douche bag.

Oh, and stay outta Riverdale!

mitch (March 26, 2004)

"Sure, songs about love and bitterness, coffee and being a nerd aren't high brow enough to impress the folks at Punk Planet and Pitchfork but when you're a teenager, as much as you'd like to pretend that you're concerned with new economic paradigms, CIA-sponsored coups and the political unfairness of the estate tax, somehow songs about girls, food and doing dumb things with your friends seemed more immediate."

That is probably the best single sentence ever written in a review on this site.

I get so tired of going to shows and watching bands 10 years younger than me spew rehashed political drivel they heard Michael Moore or Jello Biafra say and expect everyone to think they're revolutionary. While politics certainly play an important role in the world of punk music, they should never take the front seat over having a good fucking time, which is what ALL rock music should be. No one wants to put on a record and be made to feel inferior because they eat meat and don't any books put out by AK Press.

So kudos to the Descendents for keeping it real and showing everyone that, after 20 years, songs like "California Uber Alles" are slightly more difficult to pump your fist to than "Pep Talk" or "Clean Sheets".

tsunami_boy (March 25, 2004)

I ran out to the mall today after work just to pick this up. and it is... well, not as good as i had hoped. true, the descendents stick very much to their formula, as the review says, but this just doesnt pack the same punch as everything sucks. i can certianly see this as a sign of a maturing group, (hell, they've had long enough), but if youre just getting into this band, go get milo goes to college.

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

The song mass nerder is sooooo corny
BUT IT FUCKING RULES SO HARD
Best Lines Ever:
"We Must Read!....Somebody give me a book!"

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

I love The Descendents and this record rules, but may I say I really liked reading this review. Stand-up job my man. Kudos

gatecrasher (March 25, 2004)

Very good album.

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

I'm sorry I thought you was corn.

-Strewtho

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

"Talk to me again next year when listening to indie isn't cool again and the Salvation Army gets all the shirts they sold donated back to them."

yeah, cuz indie (read: independent rock) is just a fad that's 25 years old."

A 25-year old fad that sucks.

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

I wish this was the score for The Passion of the Christ, because I would have enjoyed it a lot more then. Of course, it would have only been about 35 minutes long, but whatever.

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

this is a great cd.

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

My Child was skullraped becuase the cops were assaulting you for jaywalking!!

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

the vandals suck fuck. descendents are good. punk is dead though

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

they wish they were as cool as us.

--the movielife

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

""Talk to me again next year when listening to indie isn't cool again and the Salvation Army gets all the shirts they sold donated back to them."

yeah, cuz indie (read: independent rock) is just a fad that's 25 years old."

It's been around but it wasn't the music that every trendhopping kid in high school was listening to until a year or two ago. It's one of the sadder trends because everyone who's just jumping on the bandwagon now is trying to act like they'll like it forever when it seems painfully obvious that next year or the year after, a lot of them will be moving on to whatever the next big thing in rock music is. Then the people who still appreciate indie/emo/hardcore/whateverthefuck will be the same ones who wouldn't make ignorant comments about how you "shouldn't be proud of being punk".

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

Some staff reviewer should start writing Hemingway-style reviews. That way, no one would be accused of sounding pretentious or biased.

notfeelingcreative (March 25, 2004)

It's descendents, good, quality typical dscendents.

inagreendase (March 25, 2004)

"Circle takes a Square - possibily top 10 material"

That's my number 1 so far. It's not gonna be easy to top...

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

"Talk to me again next year when listening to indie isn't cool again and the Salvation Army gets all the shirts they sold donated back to them."

yeah, cuz indie (read: independent rock) is just a fad that's 25 years old.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

Great album from front to back. Maddie is one of the sickest songs I've ever heard. Bill Stevenson is a madman!

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

i'll take internet dating superstuds over this cd anyday...

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

I don't know what all the bitchers are bitching about. Sure, it's not their best record, but it's still a good record, and better than half the other stuff out there now...

- Hayato

8dollarclarinetsolo (March 24, 2004)

i stopped preordering cds from fat for that reason. they usually arent that bad with it, but i dont even want to wait 1 extra day for most of them.

ps. the more i listen to this cd the more i like it, dreams, mass nerder, talking, merican, tack, anchor grill, theyre all the jams

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

I meant to say "The Exploited"

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

This album is fucking ace. The song "Merican" is almost as lyrically good as The Exploted's song "Fuck the USA".

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

I wish I have heard this album. Fat is starting to piss me off. I have been nothing but an advocate of the label. However, I pre ordered this album Thursday morning and have yet to recieve it. I live an hour from SF. Jesus Christ it is not like I live in NY or Florida.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

No all

Jesse (March 24, 2004)

Ten bonus points for the Happy Days reference.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

Don't talk about Nerfblablabla...this is about THE DESCENDENTS!!! TTTTTHHHHHEEE DESCENDENTS!!!

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

"This is for the cd. Nerf Herder does this stuff better."

Nerf Herder is fucking gay. Being known for doing the theme song to Buffy doesn't make you better than the band you (and a million others) rip off.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

still great stuff

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

Why does everybody always bash the reviewers on this website? Are they that bored & pathetic? Wait, I just answered my own question...

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

The Descendents can do no wrong, I love ALL their songs.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

"why be proud of being "punk"? punk has been defined by the media and everything the supposed movement is against, yet you wave your stereotypical flag nonetheless. if you haven't grown out of 'being punk' by the age of 20, something is seriously wrong"

Talk to me again next year when listening to indie isn't cool again and the Salvation Army gets all the shirts they sold donated back to them.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

greg617 or whatever, there has been some good releases, but i agree its been weaker than 03 so far.

good cd's i've picked up
1.lostprophets- i know there not punk, but this is as good as this type of music gets, its hoobastank if they were waaay better, mixed w/ some punk edge and afi like anthemy chorus's
2.the get up kids - i personally think this may be their best, tracks 1,2,5,6,7,10,11,12 are all outstanding and only 2 duds i think 8,9 are bad

3.1208-sure it sounds like sum41 mixed with pennywise but its a fun throwback cd that makes me miss the days of skate punk and having fun before screamo and emocore and shit. not top 10 material though

4.the new phantom planet is waaay better than their old album, its a bit garage/pretentious but a good listen

some old albums i picked up that kick ass are slightly stoopid and pepper, two sublime like bands, mixing hip hop dub reggae and such

contrawise (March 24, 2004)

I love scott

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

Local Felons is fucking gay

greg6711 (March 24, 2004)

It was a good review.

But for everyone saying this will be a good year for punk?

What are exactly has or will be released that has been of excellence?

Circle takes a Square - possibily top 10 material
Bad Religion - good, because they always are....

I see nothing else since the beginining of 2004 worth getting, or from the look of the release schedule, nothing worth getting between now and early june.

the fall better be good, because so far this year is lousy.

My suggestion: Sujfan Stevens - Seven Swans

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

i still feel iffy as if i will buy this, i probably will, but still. i dunno

aubin (March 24, 2004)

I'm not going to respond to too many comments, but I have to say something about how funny some of the nitpicks about the review are:

, I'm pretty sure there has never been a punk song about the estate tax
It was a joke. Sometimes in making a joke, you pick an extreme example, it's the juxtaposition of the absurd with the normal that tends to indicate humour.
wow it's a good thing Fat is here otherwise we wouldn't have had any punk rock last year because we all know they are the only label putting it out.
I used the word "others" to suggest that there might have been, you know, "others" but the two examples I gave were two of my favourites.
I bet this reviewer hangs out at the mall a lot.
Oh yes, totally dude. The mall is the shizzle.

mikeinflames (March 24, 2004)

green day is going to make punk come roaring back?
i highly doubt that

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

Descendents does it again...perfect record

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

Oh yes, Adam is such a mall rat...

This is for the cd. Nerf Herder does this stuff better.

threechordsandthetruth (March 24, 2004)

"when you're a teenager, as much as you'd like to pretend that you're concerned with new economic paradigms, CIA-sponsored coups and the political unfairness of the estate tax, somehow songs about girls, food and doing dumb things with your friends seemed more immediate."

haha. true dat.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

Am I the only one who couldn't take the reviewer seriously after the first two paragraphs?

I bet this reviewer hangs out at the mall a lot.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

"I know at least three local bands who have anti-emo songs and their whole persona as a band is being unabashedly proud of being punk rather than self deprecating about it or going emo."

why be proud of being "punk"? punk has been defined by the media and everything the supposed movement is against, yet you wave your stereotypical flag nonetheless. if you haven't grown out of 'being punk' by the age of 20, something is seriously wrong.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

The guy below me is pretty up there on my All Time Biggest Tools list.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Just wanted to say the guy who called the fucking descendents posuers is obviously an idiot while hes at it why doesnt he call fucking Minor Threat or The god damn Ramones posuers what a dumb ass and he prob thinks he's all cool cause he thinks he knows what a posuer is.
And if you want to talk shit you can put out something better

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

wow, awesome cd...my fave descendents cd by far
..merican is one of the best political songs, great witt. Yah and Descendents were a HUGE influence on all members of Blink182, so I don't see why you kids waste ur time posting insults. Post your thoughts about the CD, not other bands.

eyeball_kid (March 23, 2004)

The only 'pop-punk' worth listening to. Unless you like Australians swearing too much.

The only popular punk band with every instrument easily recognisable. Does that make sense?

Bill, Milo, Karl and Steven actually all have there own unique way of playing their instrument. Combine that with the brilliant songwriting and you have the best CD this year.

So far anyway.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

i really don't like death cab or their side projects. last year was all about bands that released albums 5 years before. got tofind them sometime.... internet really helps this process

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

wow it's a good thing Fat is here otherwise we wouldn't have had any punk rock last year because we all know they are the only label putting it out.

lieutenant (March 23, 2004)

My response to this album is like those said before. This album has done an unbelievable thing for me, in a tight package of nostalgia and fun it really rejuvenated me. I absolutely love this disc and am very greatful we got it.

Though, I must add... Are we still using seminal pop-punk bands to give advice to Blink 182? There are a world of newer bands that this seem so much more relevant to, most of who will state their influences as Blink over the Descendents. And to be truly topical, Blink have ditched the Descendents as an influence with their last album. Though it was a harmless comment and this message is kind of a superfluous one..

CrankWillDestroy (March 23, 2004)

'Sucks.
-Chad Price'

hahaha, funny shit.
anyway, great review. can't wait to pick this up.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

anyone giving this a bad review/comment needs their ears fixed.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

This is ok.

It's fun, just don't make these guys out to be musical Gods - because they're not.

Anyone can write shit like this.

squirrelbait (March 23, 2004)

I dig this a lot. While I rarely listen to punkrock or hardcore nowadays, because I don't think it's that interesting anymore.. I do love this record. Good job from a good band.

8dollarclarinetsolo (March 23, 2004)

i just got this and have listened to it once. it wasnt as good as i expected but it was still rad. i agree with the review. and mass nerder fucking rocks

TheOneTrueBill (March 23, 2004)

I think the 'Milo Goes to College' comparisons are off. It's closer to Everything Sucks than anything else.

Not that it's a bad thing. I still realyl like this record.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

the cd is good. i liked milo and everything sucks better, but im not complaining. although, i do have to say i am really impressed with all the alvarez songs (3-5, 8). and most of milo's. the stevenson songs, not as much.

ilikebandssuchasopivy (March 23, 2004)

Ten bucks someone thinks this guy is actually calling people racists and launches into a verbal attack of poor grammar.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Oh no! They sing about high school, just like Simple Plan! They're posers!

Fucking hypocrites. See you at Warped, racists.

*Bouvier*

GregSka (March 23, 2004)

Bill produced "Evildoers Beware!", a cd that copletely changed my perspective on music. Some people may argue that what I listen to is garbage, but I love it and it's only led to great times in my life. Bill's got my mark!

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

2004 is definitely going to be the year of the punk rebellion. It hasn't been seen yet on a wide scale, but I know at least three local bands who have anti-emo songs and their whole persona as a band is being unabashedly proud of being punk rather than self deprecating about it or going emo.

inanechild (March 23, 2004)

Dammit. I need this album.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

I agree with the review.

Just bought the cd at lunch. It's the Descendents. Sounds exactly like the Descendents.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

I was driving to the store today to pick this up listening to a mix tape a friend had made me. I got through a block of dillinger escape plan and mars volta songs before i pulled into the store. As soon as I put this in my cd player i realised what i had been missing on the ride to the store. SONGS! Its nice to have something that is interesting AND memorable for a reason other than "wow what a neat time change" 5,000,000 points.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

great review. makes me want to pick this one up more than i already did.

who cares if it's not their best cd... it's still proabably better than about 95% of the other shit that's out there now. (note: "probably" as i've only heard the 'merican ep so far)

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

very good consistent melodic punk offering from a classic band.

jwood (March 23, 2004)

Very good album.

hitlerbadzakgood (March 23, 2004)

awesome review, awesome band, awesome album.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Jump the shark!

inagreendase (March 23, 2004)

good review

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Note to Blink 182...

"Blast Off".

That about says it all.

-sickboi

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

love the descendents, hate this record

its just not good

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

this record is comparible to anything senses fail...yeah...that's awful..

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Umm, I'm pretty sure there has never been a punk song about the estate tax.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

this cd is ok ive heard better!!
brandie

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Good record, horrible title, good record.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

I thought I wouldn't be able to pick this up till tomorrow (huge Descendents and ALL fan!) but I may skip out on work early just to get to the record store 4 they close!!!

Descendents can kill any band here. This review is so right, very poor straight-up punk rock these days.

kirbypuckett (March 23, 2004)

I love the Descendents and this album doesn't change a thing.

It's a great record all the way through.

- Kirby

poopypants (March 23, 2004)

hmm, i'll pick this up because it is a pretty big deal, but i wonder if it really delivers. i wasnt too impressed w/ everything sucks, except for a few really good songs (tracks 1,2,5,the last song).

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Sucks.

-Chad Price

greg6711 (March 23, 2004)

MXPX sings about girls and I think their whole production stuff is so over-produced.

I own the Descendants/All live cd thing, and I got to say, when I put it on, it's real fun.

And while I don't think the Descendants are going to be a real thought-provoking experience (Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Tori Amos), I think they are really good at having fun, and hopefully it's not going to involve the politics of those other mediocre FAt Wreck bands.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

While im sure i will enjoy this(i will pick it up today)i have to ask one question that im sure will have a few rebuttles, as most of you know i am an avid mxpx fan, why is it then that if a band like the decendents continues with "childish" like songs, they are considered to be "the same good ol bandwho have not lost there childlike quality", while mxpx continue with there"child like" songs, and they are told that they are too old to still be singing about "childlike" things-oldpunker-

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

scores for the d12 eminem single that that just came out. my salsa.

pastepunk (March 23, 2004)

An essential purchase by all means. I honestly can't imagine why anyone wouldn't dig the Descendents.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

this album is a piece of shit.

greg6711 (March 23, 2004)

Descendants are Descendants.

It's nice that they do play fun stuff, because I know a lot of people here like them here.

Not a personal preference, but I applaud them, that eight years later, they can still rock.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

I've always wanted to do this... first..
fo shizzle

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